More than 80 gang rape suspects arrested eight models in South Africa


The women, aged between 19 and 35, were shooting a video clip in an abandoned mine

South Africa has woken up in shock to the revelation of the arrest of up to 83 suspects for robbing and raping eight models who were shooting a music video in Krugersdorp, west of Johannesburg. Police arrested 67 suspects on Friday and that number increased by another 16 this Saturday. According to SABC public television, quoting City Guard Commissioner Fred Kekana, two of the men were shot dead by security forces.

“We were able to arrest 16 more people, one from Malawi and one from Cameroon. We also have four Zimbabweans, four Lesotho residents and seven Mozambicans,” Kekana said on Saturday, stating that the latter arrests were made thanks to the cooperation of civilians.

The event took place on Thursday near an abandoned mine near the town of Krugersdorp (about 25 miles from Johannesburg), when gunmen allegedly attacked a group of twenty-two people (twelve women and ten men) who were shooting a music video . “The suspects ordered everyone to get to the ground and then proceeded to rape eight of the women (aged 19-35) and robbed all of their belongings before fleeing the crime scene,” police said.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned the “terrible” attack. Another added to the long list of offenses committed in this country of sixty million inhabitants. And it is that in the first six months of the year a total of 10,818 cases of this type of assault were recorded. However, the authorities estimate that the real figure is even higher, because the victim often does not report the crime.

Source: La Verdad


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